As a dietitian working with children, my motto for fueling is “80-20.” Eighty percent of the time I encourage families to choose nutrient-rich foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, lean proteins, and heart healthy fats as these offer an array of vitamins and minerals for optimal health and performance. For the remaining 20 percent, I believe children should feel comfortable enjoying the foods and drinks they love, including those with added sugars like low-fat and nonfat chocolate milk. As a chocolate milk lover myself, I am thrilled to see schools getting lower fat versions back into the school lunch to help kids reach their 3-4 calcium-rich servings a day. You can see this CNN report on flavored milk by watching the clip below.http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/health/2012/03/28/chocolate-milk.cnn
I am a consultant to the CRA and my opinions and statements are my own.